06 Oct Overloaded Truck Accidents and Truck Accident Lawsuits
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets the load limits for different types of trucks, individual states will set the cargo or general weight limits for trucks on specific roads and highways within the state. For example, in general, the maximum weight for semis and commercial tractor trailers is set at 80,000 pounds by the FMCSA. For truck drivers and trucking companies, abiding by these weight limits is important in that it:
- Helps them avoid being fined or otherwise penalized for exceeding the weight limits
- Reduces the risk of serious truck accidents from occurring, as excessive weight on trucks can lead to vehicle equipment malfunctions (and heavier trucks can cause significantly more damage than lighter trucks even when they are traveling at slower speeds).
When trucks are overloaded with cargo and are heavier than the federal weight limits, they:
- Have a higher center of gravity, which can increase the risk of rollover accidents (especially when trucks are turning sharp corners)
- Are more difficult to maneuver, which can be problematic if truck drivers need to quickly steer the truck to avoid hitting an object or another vehicle in their path
- Are more difficult to stop, which truck drivers may not factor into when trying to brake or which can create problems if a sudden stop is needed to try to prevent an accident
- Are more likely to experience brake failures and tire blowouts, as this equipment is not designed to handle such excessive loads – especially over longer hauls.
In the event that an overloaded truck causes a truck accident and other drivers are injured in this accident, the individual and/or company responsible for overloading the truck can be held legally liable in a truck accident lawsuit.
Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyers
You have a choice in the lawyer you hire to handle your claim, and the choice you make can affect the compensation you receive. Make sure that your lawyer has the ability and experience to handle your case. If you have suffered from any type of personal injury and suspect that another party’s negligence or recklessness may be to blame, the Phoenix truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman will fight to help you obtain the maximum possible compensation you deserve to cover your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.
For more than 25 years, our attorneys have been representing clients and aggressively defending their rights both inside and outside of the courtroom against defense attorneys, corporate lawyers and insurance company agents alike. In addition to having extensive experience handling motor vehicle accident lawsuits, our attorneys are also skilled at overseeing product liability cases, insurance bad faith cases and various other types of personal injury cases.
Our lawyers have a reputation for consistently and successfully protecting our clients’ rights and interests to ensure that they obtain the compensation they deserve. Because we accept cases on a contingency basis, you will pay no attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for you. To learn more about your legal rights and receive a free initial consult, contact us today by calling (602) 240-5525.